"Rob Herries, IT manager at Housing New Zealand, sees a downside
to the growing popularity of Linux among users and major
"Red Hat, whose Linux distribution Housing uses, is becoming 'a
serious commercial organisation' and has issued its Advanced Server
with an annual support charge. Some software vendors, notably
Oracle with the latest version of the 9i database, will only
certify their application against the 'commercial' version of the
operating system. This is a sign that Linux, having met success, is
moving towards a model more akin to that of Microsoft.
"'We will lose something,' Herries says, but the open source
orientation remains. 'At least we've broken the proprietary
hardware and operating system model...'"
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